Edsall: Hills leading Maryland QB battle
There was no beating around the bush for Maryland coach Randy Edsall on Monday. In his appearance on ESPN980, he addressed his three-quarterback battle directly.
“Right now, Perry (Hills) is No. 1 with Daxx (Garman) being a very close second and then Caleb (Rowe) would be third right now,” Edsall said on ESPN980.
Hills took the majority of the first-team reps in Saturday’s scrimmage. The junior once beat out Caleb Rowe for the starting job, but suffered a season-ending injury in 2012 that ended his freshman season.
Garman is hoping to win the job after transferring from Oklahoma State. Caleb Rowe is actually the one with the most starting experience at Maryland, but hasn’t graded as well as either quarterback, according to Edsall.
Edsall said he pulled each of them into his office over the weekend and individually told them that nothing has been decided, and that there are certain things each of them can do to rise to the top of the depth chart.
“I said ‘Perry, if you want to stay No. 1, just keep working, keep playing that way and doing the things you’re supposed to. Daxx, if you want to overtake him, here’s a couple things you need to do and then Caleb, here’s the things you haven’t done. You’ve got to pick it up if you want to have the opportunity,'” Edsall said.
Edsall also addressed the Terps’ running back battle directly. Though he used a two-back system last year, Edsall said he wanted one to solidify himself in camp.
Brandon Ross averaged 4.8 yards per carry in limited work compared to Wes Brown’s 3.5. But with the graduation of leading rusher and quarterback C.J. Brown, the Terps will emphasize the run more with a feature back.
Entering the final days of the preseason, Ross has looked like the starter.
“Brandon Ross has had the best camp he’s had,” Edsall said. “Right now, he’s the guy.”
The Terps will kick off 2015 with a home opener against Richmond on Sept. 5.